Young children can sometimes be a little extra fussy when it’s feeding time. The key to an easy, successful, meal for your children is to make it enjoyable for them. If you can manage to make feeding time fun for the little one, it’ll definitely be more fun for you as well. Try these tips for making feeding time enjoyable for children:
One way to make feeding times easier is to provide your baby with finger foods, such as pieces of cooked pasta, little squares of bread, or simply Cheerios. These will keep him busy, which will allow you to enjoy your own food as well. One common idea that parents like to employ for mealtime is to pour cereal straight on to baby’s high chair tray. While your child is busy picking up and playing with the individual morsels of cereal, you’ll be able to either prepare other food for him or eat your own meal.
Try to use encouraging communication with your baby while they are eating. A combination of talking, praising, and smiling to show they are doing a good job eating their food will go a long way in making the meal more enjoyable for them. If they begin to refuse their food at any point, try taking a quick break to play with them, and hopefully their mood will lighten up again.
A classic idea for encouraging a fun feeding time is the “airplane” trick. Children love the imaginative nature of this simple movement where parents pretend the spoon is an airplane or train. Along with being creative while feeding them, you can also find some fun utensils to buy for your kids too. Since there are so many options out there for parents, try to find a spoon that is designed into one of your child’s favorite toys or figures. Children are sure to love a fun utensil over the generic plastic ones.
Baby See, Baby Do
Since you are the sole role model for your child at these young ages, they will trust your decisions and actions most. Due to this, if you can demonstrate eating to them during feeding time, it will make it a lot easier and more fun for them. Take a bite yourself, or pretend to, and then make yummy noises to show them how good it tastes. Chances are your child will be much more willing to give it a try now!
Written by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the Woombie Baby Swaddle
Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.
Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.
Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!
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